Jessica Gregg

Jessica Gregg (born March 16, 1988) is a former Canadian short track speed skater.

Jessica Gregg
Personal information
Born (1988-03-16) March 16, 1988 (age 33)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
Sport
Country Canada
SportShort track speed skating
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)500 m: 43.351(2009) CR
1000 m: (2009)
1500 m: (2009)
3000 m: (2009)
Medal record
Women's short track speed skating
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Vancouver 3000 m relay
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2008 Gangneung 3000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2010 Sofia 3000 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2010 Bormio Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Vienna 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Vienna 3000 m relay

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Jessica comes from a strong pedigree of skaters as her mother Kathy Vogt was a two time Olympian in the sport and her father Dr. Randy Gregg was a member of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty in the 1980s. Her sister Sarah Gregg was an international speed skater and her brother Jamie Gregg was a member of the national team for the 500 m in Long Track Speed Skating; who joined his sister at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.[1][2]

CareerEdit

Jessica Gregg was the only member of the 2010 Canadian Olympic short track team outside of Quebec. Jessica won her first ever World Cup gold medal in 500 m short track speedskating in February 2009.

Gregg won a bronze medal in the 500 metres during the 2009 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, she also won another bronze in the women's 3000 m relay at the same championship. During the 2008 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships she won a silver medal as participant in the women's relay along with fellow speed skaters Kalyna Roberge, and Tania Vicent. She won her first World Championship gold medal in Sofia in 2009.[3] Going into the 2010 Olympics, Gregg was a medal contender in the 500 m and the 3,000 m relay. In the final at the Vancouver Olympics Gregg suffered through numerous first corner falls and restarts both in the quarterfinals and finals. In the final she was pushed out of the way by Arianna Fontana and was out of the race by the end of the first corner. Gregg finished 4th in the 500 m.[4] On February 24, she won a silver medal in the 3,000 metre relay, along with Tania Vicent, Kalyna Roberge and Marianne St-Gelais.[5]

On February 4, 2016 she announced her retirement.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rendell-Watson, Emily (16 July 2019). "The Gregg family's Olympic edge". CBC. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  2. ^ "All in the family". ucalgary.ca. University of Calgary. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  3. ^ Smith, Beverley (February 9, 2009). "Speed skating: Gregg gets gold". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ Dan Barnes (17 February 2010). "Heartbreak breaks for Canada's Gregg in 500 final". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  5. ^ Lukas, Jennifer (2010-02-24). "Canada takes silver in women's 3,000m relay". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  6. ^ "Jessica Gregg, Olympic speed skating medallist, retires". CBC.ca. CBCSports. Feb 4, 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  7. ^ "OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST JESSICA GREGG ANNOUNCES HER RETIREMENT FROM SPEED SKATING". speedskating.ca. Speed Skating Canada. February 4, 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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